Jeptha Evans – Partner & Co-founder
Skype: jeptha.evans

Jeptha Evans has practiced business immigration law since 1994, specializing in counseling multinational corporations with an emphasis on employment based immigrant visa and non-immigrant visa applications.

Mr. Evans has represented clients in Federal Court, Immigration Court, and in oral arguments before the Board of Immigration Appeals.  He has also defended corporate clients in Department of Labor audits.  Prior to co-founding McCown & Evans LLP, Mr. Evans was a partner at another prominent San Francisco business immigration firm.

Mr. Evans is included in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2018, which is a peer-selected list of the world’s leading practitioners in the field.  He served on the Board of Advisors of ICAN, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the global nursing shortage, empowering women and bolstering the economies of less-developed countries.  Mr. Evans worked on an American Immigration Lawyer (AILA) conference planning committee, Board of Publications Committee and served on the Executive Board of the Northern California chapter of AILA, principally in the position of Department of Labor Liaison.

Mr. Evans has authored numerous immigration law articles and lectured frequently on immigration law topics.  He served as the principal contributing immigration law author to Benders Employment Law Bulletin in 2005-2006.  He has published articles in the area of corporate immigration compliance, DOL audit defense, immigration for health care professionals, immigration issues relating to the victims of human trafficking, and immigration for temporary guest workers.  He updated the 14th edition of the NoLo Pressing Immigration Essentials series on business immigration.  Mr. Evans’ speaking engagements include numerous AILA conferences, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Electronics Association, the Immigrant Legal Resources Center, and others.


Mr. Evans obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1989.  In 1993, he obtained a Juris Doctor with honors from George WashingtonUniversity, where he was a member of the Journal of International Law and Economics.


Mr. Evans is admitted to practice in California, and New York and speaks Spanish fluently.

Speaking Engagements And Publications

“Pay Attention to that [Lawyer] Behind the Curtain: The Role of In-House Counsel,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 2013)

“Defending an Employer in an LCA Audit,” 2010 AILA Teleconference/Web Conference, National Audience (June 2010)

“The J-1 Visa: Prepare Your Clients for The New Economy,” AILA Chapter CLE Seminar, San Francisco, CA (Sept. 2009)

“Strategies for Department of Labor LCA Audit Defense,” AILA New Members Division, San Francisco, CA (March 2009)

“Immigration Training For HR Professionals,” Central Valley Human Resource Management Association, Modesto, CA (Feb. 2009)

“Advanced Law Firm Management Techniques for Immigration Practitioners,” AILA Chapter CLE Seminar, San Francisco, CA (March 2008)

“Immigration Law and Employer Compliance,” Lorman Educational Services, Fresno, CA (Dec. 2007)

“Building the Perfect Client,” AILA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (June 2007)

“Bedtime Stories and Things that Go Bump in the Night: What Lawyers Learn when Cases Go Wrong (and Right),” AILA Midyear Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica (Jan. 2007)

“Pros and Cons of International Hiring,” Society for Human Resource Management, Bakersfield, CA (June 2006)

“Update on PERM Labor Certifications,” Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (Sept. 2006)

“Allied Health Care Workers,” AILA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (June 2005)

“RIR to PERM,” AILA Chapter CLE Seminar, San Francisco, CA (April 2005)

“Breakfast with the Experts – Business Immigration Law,” AILA California Conference, San Francisco, CA (Nov. 2004)

“Options for Non-Degreed Workers,” AILA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA (June 2004)

“Defending Employers in DOL H-1B Audits,” AILA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (June 2003)

“EDD/DOL Hot Topics: PERM, SVP & Layoffs,” AILA Chapter CLE Seminar, San Francisco, CA (July 2002)

“U.S. Immigration Law Made Easy, 14th Edition,” NoLo Press, with Ilona Bray and Ruby Lieberman. (Jan. 2009)

“Building the Perfect Client,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, with W. Stock and M. Newman (June 2007)

“Petitions by Travel Nurse Companies: Overcoming the Hurdles,” AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, reprinted in Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin (Sept. 2005)

“Avoiding Back Pay Liability for H-1B Employees,” Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin (May 2006), reprinted in Bender’s Immigration Bulletin (June 2006)

“The T-1 Visa: An Essential Weapon in the Arsenal Against Trafficking,” Bender’s Labor & Employment Law Bulletin (Nov. 2005)

“Options for Non-Degreed Workers,” AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, with R. White (June 2005)

“High Technology Workers,” AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, with W. Bennett, K. McCown, and A. Vazquez-Azpiri (Nov. 2002)

“Issues Relating to Repayment Agreements Between H-1B employees and Employers: The Authorized Deductions Toolbox,” Immigration Briefings (July 2002)

“P-1 Visas for Esports Athletes and Essential Support Staff.” Immigration Options for Artists, Entertainers & Athletes, 3rd Edition, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2020